By Rhonda Grant,2014-06-18 00:57
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     Give up the Pounds, not the Fight Give up the Pounds, not the Fight

Meet Dr. Ian Smith

    Keynote Luncheon Speaker

    October 11

    Dr. Ian Smith is currently the medical and diet expert on VH1’s highly-rated “Celebrity Fit Club,” the host of “Meet the Faith” on BET, and the creator and founder of The 50

    Million Pound Challenge. Dr. Smith also hosts his own nationally syndicated radio show

    HealthWatch on American Urban Radio Networks. He is the former medical

    correspondent for NBC News network and for NewsChannel 4 where he filed reports for

    NBC's "Nightly News" and the "Today" show as well as WNBC's various news broadcasts.

    He has appeared extensively on various television broadcasts, including “The View,” “The 0Tyra Banks Show,” “Larry King Live,” and “Anderson Cooper 360.” Additionally, Dr. Smith has written for various publications, including Time, Newsweek, Men’s Health, and the New York Daily News, and has been featured in several other publications such as

    People, Essence, Ebony, Cosmopolitan, and the University of Chicago’s Medicine on the Midway.

His work has been honored by several organizations, including the National Academy of

    Television Arts & Sciences for his coverage on the momentous events of September 11, 2001.

    He is very active in charitable causes, serving on several boards, which include the New

    York City Mission Society, American Council on Exercise, and the New York Council for the


    Dr. Smith graduated from Harvard College with a bachelor of art’s degree (AB) and received a master’s in science education from Teachers College of Columbia University. He

    attended Dartmouth Medical School and graduated from the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Medicine, where he completed the last two years of his medical education.

    The author of five books---the #1 New York Times Bestseller Extreme Fat Smash Diet, the #1 New York Times Bestseller The Fat Smash Diet, the critically acclaimed The Blackbird Papers (2005 BCALA fiction Honor Book Award winner), Dr. Ian Smith's Guide to Medical Websites, and The Take-Control Diet---Dr. Smith is at work on his second


A native of Danbury, Connecticut, he currently resides in Manhattan, New York.

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